DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - These final weeks of school are crucial to a student's future success.
That's the message the Dougherty County School System is sending home with parents this week.
State testing is over, and with summer break right around the corner, teachers are having a hard time keeping students focused on the final weeks of school.
Guidance Counselor, Yolanda Skinner, said this is the time for students to dig deeper.
"When in actuality you still have a fourth of nine weeks to go which is still calculated into everything you did at the beginning of the year. You still need to be motivated. You still need to do your work and come to school," said Skinner.
Schools officials explain getting parents invested in keeping students interested is key to helping them finish the school year strong.
"Parents can really help students learning in these last couple weeks of school and better prepare them for next school term," said J.D. Sumner, Spokesperson for DCSS.
Sumner said it brings more accountability for students and will put them on a better footing for the next school term.
"You know what's being expected of them in their classroom. You know what their homework is or you know what their assignments are for the rest of the school year, and you're constantly checking on that," said Sumner.
Both Skinner and Sumner agree that if students are reading, working on academic skills, and involved in summer programming, they will keep their skills sharp and not be at a disadvantage.
"All of those things can help support students so that they get a break, they have fun, they can be kids, but have the opportunity to start off fresh when the school year rolls around," said Sumner.